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Vardhan Cycles To Office On Day 1 As Health Minister

Strengthening the implementation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PM-JAY), eradication of tuberculosis by 2025, completing new AIIMS-like projects and reforming the medical education sector are some of the priorities of doctor-turned-politician Harsh Vardhan who took charge as the Union Health Minister on Monday here.

Vardhan, who reached his office Nirman Bhawan on a cycle, said he will ensure that people in every nook and corner of the country are able to avail the benefits of the PMJAY.

“Since the launch of PM-JAY, around 27 lakh people have availed the benefits under the scheme. However, still many people are not aware of it. Some people who are in dire need of the benefits provided under the insurance scheme are not able to avail it due to eligibility criteria issues,” Vardhan said.

Next on his priority list, he said, is to complete the unfinished target of transforming nearly 1.5 lakh primary health centres and subcentres as ‘health and wellness centres’ by 2022 to provide comprehensive and quality primary care close to the community.

Presently, around 10,000 health and wellness centres are operational in 35 states and Union territories under the government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat scheme.

Vardhan said he was “grateful” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for entrusting him with the responsibility of the health ministry.

“I am thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trusting me and giving me this responsibility. The Government will focus on strengthening promotive and preventive strategies so that people adopt positive and healthy lifestyles and remain healthy.

On PMJAY, he said that concerted efforts will be made for empanelling more private hospitals. Also, that the Government will resolve the bottlenecks in the implementation of Ayushman Bharat and make it more handy and easily accessible for the common man. Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasised to make health a ‘Jan Andolan’ through people’s involvement. He said that we can provide maximum possible help through this Ministry as there is instant benefit to the people. He further added that India has the potential and capacity for fulfilling the goal of ‘Health for All’.- Daily Pioneer